When the first 51 women enrolled in Sweet Briar Institute in 1906, they were making history — in more than one way. At the time, most women didn’t go to college, especially not in the South. More than a century later, first-year students at Sweet Briar College are still doing their own thing: they’re among just two percent nationwide who chose to go to a women’s college in 2014.
For many, it didn’t come as a surprise when the Presidential Medalist was announced at yesterday’s Awards Convocation. After all, Spencer Beall has been making a name for herself practically from the minute she stepped foot on campus four years ago.
Sweet Briar is one of “30+ Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs,” according to a national study conducted by the Center for Inclusion, Diversity & Academic Success at The Ohio State University.
Sweet Briar College senior Spencer Beall is the first recipient of the Virginia Collegiate Honors Council’s Honors Scholar of the Year Award. Beall will accept the award at the council’s spring conference.
A student assistant and an intern at Mary Helen Cochran Library are working to preserve Sweet Briar’s history for generations to come. Using the open-source web publishing platform Omeka, Nicole Epperson ’14 and Rebecca Thomson have been scanning and uploading photographs dating back to the College’s earliest days.
Sweet Briar College research professor Lynn Rainville has released “Hidden History: African American Cemeteries in Central Virginia,” a book chronicling 200 years of African-American cemeteries in this area and the stories behind the individuals buried in them.